Manila, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will decongest its Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City to give room for the arrival of the three incumbent senators charged with plunder in connection with the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.
Highly-reliable police sources said the Legal Service and the Headquarters Support Service, which supervises the Custodial Center, have already been advised to start the accounting of prisoners who could be transferred to other detention facilities.
“This has been cleared with the Chief PNP (Director General Alan Purisima). He already agreed to clear the Custodial Center of overstaying detainees,” one of the sources, a ranking police officer, said.
“Right now, I think the review on who among the detainees there will be transferred to other detention facilities is on-going,” he added.
Currently, the tightly-guarded Custodial Center has 72 detainees, including high-profile personalities like couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon who are tagged as the highest-ranking communist rebel officials in the country and suspected drug lord Jackson Dy.
Also in the detention facility are retired police generals linked to the alleged multi-million V-150 repair scam, led by retired PNP chief Director General Avelino I. Razon Jr., and retired generals Geary Barias, Eliseo dela Paz, Reynaldo Varilla, and Charlemagne Alejandrino.
The Custodial Center can accommodate a maximum of 80-90 detainees but for inmates to stay comfortably, it should only have a maximum of 60 persons.
Another police source said the units which arrested the overstaying inmates have already been advised to prepare legal documents that would request the court handling their case to issue new commitment orders for their transfer.
“The Custodial Center is really a temporary detention facility, it is really time for some of them to go. That’s why there is now a review to determine who should first go,” the source said.
The third source said among those being considered to be transferred is Jackson and some policemen implicated in the Maguindanao massacre. It is not immediately clear, however, how many massacre suspects are in the Custodial Center.
At least two police sources, however, said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estradam and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are those being considered to stay in Custodial Center if an arrest warrant is issued against them.
“The rest of those charged would likely end up in a detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa (Taguig),” the source said.
Most likely, the sources said the three senators will be provided with a detention cell for each of them.
“That’s why there is really a need to decongest the Custodial Center, to make them comfortable if the time comes,” the source said.
Earlier, Director Bejamin Magalong, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said they have already prepared a contingency plan for the arrest of all those charged with plunder.
“We have already prepared a contingency plan for the impending issuance of arrest warrant,” said Magalong. (Aaron B. Recuenco) http://www.tempo.com.ph/2014/05/pnp-preparing-for-arrival-of-3-senators/#.U3OuS_mSwpo